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Butthole Surfers Drummer King Coffey Recovering After Being Hit By a Car
“Just a bad scenario,” admits the scene veteran
DAILY Music  February 17, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey was hospitalized on Friday night after being hit by car while loading in to a show at Trailer Space Records...."

Butthole Surfers Meet John Hawkes in Super-8
John Hawkes' B'Hole Surfers movie
DAILY Screens  September 11, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Didn't make it in to tonight's way sold-out Butthole Surfers reunion gig at the new Emo's East? Not to worry. We've uncovered an equally disturbing short film featuring the Surfers and Contagion star John Hawkes, circa 1988...."

Texas Album Hall of Fame: Butthole Surfers
Think No Think’s John Dowey on Locust Abortion Technician
Music Story  August 24, 2017
"...Butthole SurfersLocust Abortion Technician (1987)..."

Butthole Surfer Update!
Music Column  July 5, 1996
"...Fooled you! There's really nothing here about the Butthole Surfers this week! Instead, how about this: Wammo, who was seen scarfing free chow at the Buttholes' Capitol Records party a few weeks ago, has signed to Mercury Records! Yes, it's true; Wammo -- whose real name I will reveal at the end of this column -- has signed with Mouth Almighty, the spoken word branch of Mercury Records, and will start releasing albums in September (hopefully), commencing with one called Fat Headed Stranger, which is already in the can. Many Wammo allies, including members of his old band W.O.R.M..."

Butthole Surfer Watch!
Music Column  July 12, 1996
"...Yes, I'm still keeping my eye on the Butthole Surfers. Hey, when's the last time an Austin act had the number one Modern Rock track in the country for three weeks running? Besides, I had to check out their San Antonio show this weekend to make sure they were serious about that Austin Music Hall debacle being a one-time-only deal..."

Out of the Mouths of Children
The return of the Butthole Surfers – don't call it a reunion!
Music Story  September 26, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...At their peak in the mid- to late 1980s, Austin's Butthole Surfers were the physical embodiment of chaos theory, a flaming hemorrhoid of Texas psych, avant-garde expressionism, and iconoclastic noise ripping through the rectum of contemporary culture. Long before the band sneezed "Pepper," the Surfers' sphincter opened like Pandora's box, blurring the barrier between flippant ingenuity and absolute lunacy..."

DVD Watch: 'Freaked'
Alex Winter talks cult classics and the Butthole Surfers
DAILY Screens  August 6, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Cows in hats. The Butthole Surfers..."

Freaked
A young Hollywood pitchman (Winter – also the film's co-writer and co-director) finds himself at the mercy of a backwoods mad scientist (Randy Quaid).
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Film Review  January 28, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Strikingly dumb at times and surprisingly witty at others, Freaked is 80 minutes of cool music, eye-popping (heh, heh) effects, and generally sophomoric humor that never really transcends the limits of its makers. Stern and Winter have previously collaborated on MTV's The Idiot Box, as well as two shorts (Squeal of Death and Aisles of Doom), as well as having a hand in the Butthole Surfers video/film shot out at the old Coxville zoo..."

CB4
From the director of Guncrazy -- a smart, funny movie with an abundance of firepower and cool music -- comes this alleged parody of the rap music genre -- a...
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Film Review  March 19, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Gusto, allows filmmaker Chris Elliot to hang out with him for a day and see what the dreaded CB4 is all about. Even guest appearances by Eazy E, Ice Cube, Ice T, and Austin legends the Butthole Surfers (!) fail to add any bite to this amazingly weak satire..."

Weird Revolution
Select Butthole Surfers discography
Music Story  September 26, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...The Surfers' stillborn Achtung Baby, a sardonic club makeover, neither weird nor revolutionary...."

ACL Aftershows Announced
DAILY Music  August 13, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...The reunited Butthole Surfers finally confirmed a local engagement. The catch? It’s an official afterparty for the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Stubb’s on Saturday, Sept..."

Gibby Speaks!
Gibby Haynes talks about his problems.
DAILY Music  September 7, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...I don’t think we’re going to only be doing a couple of songs. I wish I could say the Butthole Surfers were reuniting..."

Dancing About Architecture
Plastic Butthole Band
Music Column  November 15, 1996
"...Whew! Did the Butthole Surfers return to form last Friday or not? The line outside Liberty Lunch certainly showed that they were fully expected to, and they lived up to the wait. Of course, the length of that line (all the way around the building and almost down to First Street) was augmented by the band's last-minute decision to renegotiate their contract with the Lunch, dropping the ticket price from $18 to $8..."

Tongue-in-Cheek Terror
Music Story  August 26, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...Flush with success, 1986 (l-r): Gibby Haynes, Theresa Taylor, King Coffey, Jeff Pinkus, and Paul Leary photograph by Debbie Pastor It's tough, mighty tough,to imagine a world without the Butthole Surfers. Sure, in the insular Austin music "scene" we're often given to imagining that our favorite acts are known the world over..."

Dancing About Architecture
The Butthole Surfers find themselves uncovered, Don Walser takes a dive, and time and music march on.
Music Column  November 5, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...With their master tapes for the aborted The Last Astronaut album returned to them by the record company, the Butthole Surfers must've thought the fallout from their trouble-filled association with Capitol Records had at long last subsided. No such luck..."

Weird Bands From Texas
Music Story  November 20, 1998, by Greg Beets
"...When Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey made his New Year's resolution to start a record label at the cusp of this decade, years of recession and regurgitation had stagnated to a nadir from which something different, if not better, had to emerge. Jobs were scarce, money was tight, and the sterile affirmations of Jesus Jones summoned forth a happy future with all the enthusiasm of a popcorn fart..."

A Sound Salvation
Austin's Class of 2000
Music Story  January 14, 2000
"...Butthole Surfers: Disney and the Surfers Shoot for Post-"Pepper" Fantasia..."

Critics Poll
Best Roadshow
Music Story  January 10, 1997
"...Hernandez: Butthole Surfers, Liberty Lunch..."

The Greatest Gift
An oral history unearthing one of post-punk's most seminal acts: Austin's Scratch Acid
Music Story  September 1, 2006, by Greg Beets
"...Steve Anderson, Toxic Shock vocalist: We played a couple of times together, then I split the band. The Butthole Surfers opened for us at our first show..."

Live at Liberty Lunch
The Neville Brothers
Music Story  July 22, 1999
"...I'll miss Liberty Lunch more than I can say -- we all will -- but I have a scrapbook crammed with flyers, set lists, and by god, I still have that ratty old leather jacket that accompanied me every time. -- Marc Savlov BUTTHOLE SURFERS..."

Song for My Father
An epic and personal reminiscence of Don Walser and what he meant to Austin
Music Story  September 29, 2006, by Mark Rubin
"...Paul Leary, guitarist for the Butthole Surfers, first told me about Don. I met Leary when he produced a single for my band the Bad Livers in 1990 and then took us out on tour as the Surfers' opening act..."

Butthole Surfers
Texas Platter Reissue
Music Review  February 7, 2003, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Butthole SurfersButthole Surfers + Live PCPPEP (Latino Bugger Veil) The sphincter opens and out spills Paul Leary, screaming. "There's a time to fuck and a time to pray, but the shah sleeps in Lee Harvey's grave!!!" A musical apocalypse accompanies, no doubt via strict, Cagian deconstruction principles, but the guitarist ain't done..."

Butthole Surfers
Music Review  June 21, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Butthole SurfersHumpty Dumpty LSD (Latino Buggerveil) There are certain descriptions that are rarely in reviews (positive or negative) of Butthole Surfers albums, chief among them "consistent." While every BHS disc is guaranteed to have its standout track, from the vulgar and enigmatic "Lady Sniff" to the cinnamon-and-sugary "Pepper," beyond that generally lies anarchy, an uneven mishmash of filler and genius connected only by the time period during which it was recorded. Without even a shared time period to hold the tracks together somewhat, it would seem that the decade-plus-spanning compilation of non-album tracks Humpty Dumpty LSD would be nothing short of musical anarchy, but guess what? The 16-song, 1982-94 set of songs holds together as well as any Butthole disc, if not better..."

Complete Freedom
A profile of Bad Livers banjo player Danny Barnes
Music Story  November 5, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...We were both big Jesus Lizard fans. And we liked the Butthole Surfers, too..."

Lysergic Eyeballing
Paul Leary
Music Story  November 3, 1995
"...He laughs easily and often, an evil glint crossing the eyes, which Meat Puppet Cris Kirkwood describes in a recent issue of Guitar World as "naturally psychedelicized... the eyeball and iris are all black, like he's one big stalk of lysergia." Then again, in a phase of the Butthole Surfers' 15-year history that has seen all three band members get real jobs (drummer King Coffey oversees his Trance Syndicate label empire while singer Gibby Haynes has become a late-night deejay), guitarist Leary's real job might give him license to laugh loudest, since he's almost accidentally (by his account) become an in-demand record producer..."

Great Expectations
Assessing Austin's Class of '96
Music Story  December 27, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...Tuned In or Out? Nobody can testify to the power of radio better than the Butthole Surfers. After 15 years and 12 albums, the Surfers went into 1996 with an average but diehard touring fan base and a scrapbook of press clippings that went well beyond what their album sales might have indicated. Their first album for Capitol, 1993's Independent Worm Saloon, had sold in the low six-figure range and spawned one moderately successful alternative radio hit, "Who Was in My Room Last Night." Still, no one anticipated "Pepper."..."

Dancing About Architecture
The Lost ARC
Music Column  April 22, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...Speaking of fighting with your landlord, the Chicago Reader reports that the Butthole Surfers' lawsuit against Touch & Go Records regarding ownership of the band's back catalog ended in victory for the Butts in federal appeals court on March 26, but don't expect to see the band members out celebrating. The piece reveals details about the case, showing it to be yet another ugly turn on what seems to be an endless highway of label troubles for the band, who remain at an impasse with Capitol Records regarding the release of their long-completed After the Astronaut album..."

Playback: Hot Shivers
New Whiskey Shivers, Butthole Surfers, Casualties, murals, and takes on American literary classics
Music Column  July 20, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The Butthole Surfers are working on a new album. This shocking, arousing, and joyous revelation came to light last week at, of all places, an Austin Music Commission meeting..."

Off the Record
Better to burn than fade away: a recap of Lollapalooza 2008
Music Column  August 8, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...For everything else, there's Gibby Haynes. On the last night of the Butthole Surfers' reunion tour with the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars, July 29, at New York's Webster Hall, the frontman was booted from the venue after an altercation with the house engineer that has been shrouded in rumor ever since..."

Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers
DVDisc
Music Review  July 18, 2003, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Meat PuppetsAlive in the Nineties (Cornerstone)Butthole SurfersBlind Eye Sees All..."

Butthole Surfers
Music Review  August 31, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Butthole SurfersWeird Revolution (Hollywood/Surfdog) It goes without saying that Weird Revolution is neither as weird nor as revolutionary as any of the Butthole Surfers' pre-1990 efforts, notably 1987's groundbreaking Locust Abortion Technician. There's no topping the Pistols/Beefheart sound effects library blast of a "Lady Sniff" or the general "found sound" Drain brammage of a "Kuntz" (though Revolution's "Yentel" resembles a sort of a New Age attempt at following up the latter)..."

Dancing About Architecture
Butthole Surfers and Austin City Limits suffer set backs while Riverfest marches on.
Music Column  June 29, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Would you believe that after four years of delays, the advance Butthole Surfers disc I spoke of in last week's column is changing again before it's commercially released? A report on the band's Web site says that Gibby Haynes has just returned from L.A., where he was redoing the vocals to the title tune of Weird Revolution, because the estate of Malcolm X turned them down when they asked for permission to use a thinly disguised version of one of his speeches for the song. Sharrin Summers at Hollywood Records says that she's not so sure the band was actually turned down, but with time running out before the disc is mastered this Friday, something had to be done fast to prevent further delay to the album's August 28 release..."

Dancing About Architecture
Election 2000 gets rained out.
Music Column  November 10, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...They're off next for some tour dates with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. On the other end of the musical spectrum, they may still not have a new album out, but the Butthole Surfers haven't been forgotten -- besides the rerun of the classic Simpsons episode last week with the Todd Flanders "I'm a surfer!" gag..."

Blessed Are the Buttholes
Austin's 1996 in Review
Music Story  January 10, 1997, by Margaret Moser
"...June: By the time Electric Larryland came out, the Butthole Surfers were preparing an extensive tour. Unfortunately, their first show in Austin in several years -- at the Music Hall -- was a disaster..."

Dah-Veed Savings Time
Music Column  November 1, 1996
"...Tim O'Connor's Direct Events won "Outstanding Business," The Austin Music Network won the "Townsend Miller Media Award," and Austin punk godfather Joseph Gonzales was honored posthumously as were Walter Hyatt, Grey Ghost, Laveda Durst (aka Dr. Hepcat), and Erbie Bowser. "Outstanding Artist" went to the Butthole Surfers, and, as I said above, Ray Benson won the "Lifetime Achievement" award..."

Live Shots
Music Story  July 12, 1996
"...BUTTHOLE SURFERS, TOADIES, REV. HORTON HEAT, SINCOLA..."

Pascal's Wager
Soundtracks: A No Lose Proposition
Music Story  October 25, 1996, by Michael Bertin
"...Ah, the times they are a-changin'. Among the hot names for doing soundtracks these days are two little ol' bands from Texas: Austin's Butthole Surfers and Denton's Toadies..."

Playback – JMBLYA 2017: Trapper’s Delight
JMBLYA garners the third largest concert audience in Austin's 2017
Music Column  May 11, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The actor-first, musician-second path is littered with garbage, from Scarlett Johansson's album of fifth-rate Tom Waits covers and Bruce "Bruno" Willis' blues posturing, to any project involving Johnny Depp holding a guitar while dressed like Keith Richards' bath salts dealer – except for his P collaboration with Butthole Surfers' singer Gibby Haynes, which debuted at the Austin Music Awards in 1993. Austin's crowds are so blinded by celebrity that they generally welcome wannabes like Russell Crowe's 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, which once packed out three nights at Stubb's while the Oscar winner recorded at Arlyn Studios or, more recently, Jeff Bridges doing bullshit sets of Stephen Bruton covers..."

Cherubs Flourish in the Afterlife at SOS Fest
"We didn’t want to be a Cherubs cover band playing Heroin Man over and over for people"
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Greg Beets
"...Whitley and McMahon thus chartered Cherubs with a faster, more linear process in mind. Their first drummer for all of one practice was none other than Butthole Surfers skin man King Coffey...."

Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers
Front lunatic Gibby Haynes escapes the Butthole Surfers' first bio, but nothing else did
Music Story  June 16, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Gibby Haynes escapes the gravity of a Butthole Surfers bio to remain larger than life. The snaggletoothed alpha freak held his tongue in the first dedicated book about Texas' proto-alternative tricksters, but prevails equally as hero and villain, a genius fuck-up, ringleader, and punching bag..."

Playback: Behold! The Austin Music Awards
Announcing the 2014/15 Austin Music Awards bill, the 13th Floor Elevators reunite for Levitation, and King Coffey recovers after being struck by a car
Music Column  February 19, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Portions of this report originally appeared online at "Earache!" Butthole Surfers Drummer Hit by a Car..."

Playback: Coolest Board in Town
Arlyn Studios just upped its ante
Music Column  September 21, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...A few landmark albums were cut there too. Sublime's six-times-platinum swan song was overdubbed and mixed at Arlyn, as were breakouts from the Butthole Surfers (Electriclarryland) and Meat Puppets (Too High To Die)..."

Critics Poll
Music Story  January 2, 2009
"...RAOUL HERNANDEZ Butthole Surfers, Stubb's..."

TCB
Bidding farewell to dandy Don Walser, remembering Jerry Lightfoot, helping Chris Tominaga, and shopping for HAAM
Music Column  September 29, 2006, by Christopher Gray
"...Word quickly spread about the cowboy singer with the otherworldly yodel, and people from all walks of life began packing the tiny bar and grill. Besides occasional drop-ins like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, other Monday-night regulars included the Butthole Surfers..."

Dancing About Architecture
Hole is on hold, as is Abra Moore's new album, though American Analog Set may be dead and the Mercury's Hip Hop Humpday is definitely. Meanwhile, John Kunz fights back, and Don Imus raises the Flatlanders flag. Whew!
Music Column  July 26, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...It probably wasn't a record crowd, since the Emo's folks were careful not to oversell the joint, but the Butthole Surfers show at the club last Saturday was a full-on success. I'm not sure whether the picture accompanying this column was taken during their rousing rendition of "Negro Observer," but that is the film work of Lori "Surfer-- Vargas in the background, with donations of material from those who have held the dirty job before her..."

Dancing About Architecture
Emo's turns 10.
Music Column  July 19, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Emo's, that li'l ol' punk rock club on Red River, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend, with posters and ads announcing the stellar lineups of Friday: Riverboat Gamblers, Ignorance Park, Sunday Drunks, Wednesdays, Natchez Shakers (inside), Makers, Detroit Cobras, Wayne Kramer, and Mother Superior, (outside) and Saturday: Danny & the Nightmares, U.S.S. Friendship, and the Butthole Surfers..."

Dancing About Architecture
Death and rain come to CenTex
Music Column  November 23, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Nice to see the Butthole Surfers' triumphant return home gig at La Zona Rosa on Saturday. Only one technical glitch raised its deformed head despite the band's effects-and-equipment-heavy setup, while the background films, ranging from circumcisions to animated satyrs and cherubim, have caught up to the music technology-wise (they'd better, as I hear the Steely Dan veteran working with them now costs a pretty penny)..."

Postmarks
Facts, Not Gossip
Columns  June 5, 1998
"...I am writing you this letter in response to an article about the Butthole Surfers that appeared in The Austin Chronicle ["Dancing About Architecture," Vol. 17, No..."

Greg Beets' National Top Ten
Music Story  January 10, 1997
"...8. Butthole Surfers, Electric Larryland (Capitol)..."

Eric's New Johnson
Music Column  August 30, 1996
"...Champ Hood and the Threadgill's Troubadors will be playing... Looks like the Butthole Surfers' next Austin show will be at Liberty Lunch in October..."

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